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Job Title:  Physician (Nephrology/Part Time)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  AMA-13-HJ-T38-094-889255

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$180,000.00 to $220,000.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013
Part Time 20 hours - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy - Amarillo, TX United States  View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 889255 

Please note:  this is a part-time position/20 hours per week.  (Pay will be prorated to hours worked and commensurate with training, experience and market.)

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .  


VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply


The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP).  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the EDRP Coordinator for additional information.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must Pass Pre-employment Examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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Duties will include nephrology outpatient clinics treating patients with kidney disease and hospitalist duties.

Examinations—evaluates patients by examining thoroughly.  Appropriate clinical, laboratory and other pertinent data is obtained to determine care the patient is provided.  Diagnosis--interprets and evaluates clinical data for the purpose of determining diagnosis and clinical status.  Therapeutic Ability--prescribes appropriate and timely treatment; applies indicated therapeutic procedures; recognizes and assesses changes in behavior, symptoms, signs, and other pertinent facts about the patient and modifies plan of treatment when indicated.  Recognizes own capabilities and limitations.  Effectiveness in Emergencies--readily available; and quick in recognizing emergency situations, and taking timely necessary action.  Patient Management--develops and maintains rapport and gains the confidence of patients and relatives through competence and interpersonal skills to the end that patients and others are informed participants in the treatment effort.  Consultations and Specialty Skills--recognizes the need for consultation and utilizing facility or clinic specialty skills in diagnosis and treatment.  Record keeping--physical and other examinations and changes in patient's status are promptly and completely recorded.  Unusual incidents are promptly reported to the appropriate official.  Clear, accurate, and adequate clinical records are kept current and completed at time of discharge.  The treatment plan is clearly stated.  The physician is fully knowledgeable of and utilizes the Computerized Patient Record System.  All progress notes, orders are to be completed and signed daily.  Encounters--all encounters to be completed daily by physician as this affects hospital funding.  Consults Closure--consults are required to be completed by the provider at the time patient has been seen.  Educational responsibilities usually involve either "teaching" or ''coordination.''  Some positions may involve both or cut across the elements or functions.  Teaching and Monitoring--covers both the individual and group learning experiences where one serves as the learning facilitator in the role of a mentor or teacher for residents, trainees, or employees.  As a mentor, plans and guides educational activities to meet the individual needs of the learner within the resources available.  Counsels learner on professional/occupational goals as they relate to education activities.  Encourages active participation on the part of the student.  Actively solicits evaluation from students of teaching and educational experiences.  Assures that content is based upon student and patient care needs, up-to-date and at the appropriate level for the audience.  Develops courses, lectures or programs based on pre-established objectives.  Employs learning resources and media (library, film, slides, etc.) in an appropriate manner.


Prefer:   Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician


Tour of Duty: 20 hours/week with on-call duties


Pay will be commensurate with training, experience, and market.  


First consideration will be given to applications received early.


(AFGE Bargaining Unit position)




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a. Citizenship.  Citizenship of the United States.
b. Education.  Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. 
c.  Licensure and Registration. Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.  The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
d.  First-Year Residency (Internship).  Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed. 

Preferred:  Board Certified Physician 

Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.    



APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at .


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 889255.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 30, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. Occupational Questionnaire
  3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Helen A. Jefferson
Phone: (806)355-9703x7334
Agency Information:
VHA Amarillo HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
6010 Amarillo Blvd West
Amarillo, TX


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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